Last week we had a bit more to contend with and focus on than what movies to look forward to next year. Which is unfortunate, because last week several awesome trailers were released, and I think a lot of us missed them. So, let’s do a Trailer Watch!
We begin with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets:
From Luc Besson, the visionary director of The Fifth Element, Lucy, and Léon: the Professional, this sci-fi epic looks absolutely, richly gorgeous. Personally, this may be an opening day flick for me. If you’re interested, you have plenty of time to check out the graphic novel before the film’s release as well.
This weekend for my Valentine’s Day present, P took me to The Big City to get out of our small town and see a movie I’ve been wanting to, but couldn’t here: Hail, Caesar!
I love the Coen brothers. I haven’t seen their whole body of work, but I’m slowly working on it. Seriously, if I showed you my list of movies and TV shows that I need to watch, you’d ask me if I’m also planning on finding a cure for mortality so I can find the time to watch them all. In the same vein as Burn After Reading and their other quirky, spoofy comedies, Hail, Caesar! is a slow comedy with some amazing acting by a large ensemble cast.
Yesterday Holly gave a spoiler-free review of the movie Lucy, by Luc Besson and starring Scarlett Johansson. In the tradition of our Comparative Opinions posts, I thought I would give a different perspective: a post with far more spoilers!
Before I get into spoilers, though, my thought is that Lucy was a few things. It was an artistic film, which Holly compared to The Fountain. It was a science fiction film, rather than an action film. And as a philosophical film, it felt very French.
We linked to the SourceFed Nerd review of the film, and I want to include it here now. They spent 16 minutes talking about this movie, way longer than usual. I think on one hand, it shows that they were paying attention – they point out a lot of the contentious elements of the film, a lot of the reason why it has a mixed response from audiences and reviewers. I think on another hand, it shows that the film got people thinking, and talking about it, and that seems deliberate. And finally, I think it shows, like Holly discussed yesterday, that the marketing for this movie completely failed. It did not set the right expectations for what the film would be or be about.
So these are the topics I want to talk about – spoilers to follow!
Posted in Comparative Opinions, Movies, Science Fiction
Tagged Dune, Fifth Element, Jodorowsky's Dune, Just Like Dune, Luc Besson, Lucy, Scarlett Johansson, Sourcefed Nerd, Storytelling, Superheroes, The Brain, The Incal
So we generally reserve our character studies – like we’ve been doing for the A to Z Challenge – for looking at established characters. However, my original plan for today was to cover Lightning from Lightning Returns – a topic we’ve written about a lot. And I’ve talked a lot about video game characters lately too. So instead I thought I would do a speculative piece about a character – and why I find this character interesting before ever seeing the movie.
That character is Lucy, of the new eponymous film Lucy by Luc Besson. Lucy is going to be played by Scarlett Johansson. So, I am fascinated by this film based on both of these factors. Haven’t heard about Lucy yet? The trailer just came out, so check it out!
Posted in Character Studies, Comics, Movies
Tagged A to Z Challenge, Avengers, Black Widow, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, DC, Fifth Element, Kick Ass Females, Luc Besson, Lucy, Scarlett Johansson, Strong Female Characters, Wonder Woman